Data was discovering the human condition by Shakespearian acting, when Picard gets informed a craft entered the Neutral Zone. It's identified as a Romulan scout, which claims to need urgently asylum from a persecutor. The wounded Setol gets it, and warns the Romulans nearly finished building a base on a planet in the Neutral Zone, in order to occupy it and from there strike 15 neighboring Federation zones with a fleet of war birds, which would mean another full war, but still remains rather defensive, at times hostile. Commander Riker and counselor Troi are charged with questioning him further, in case it's a ploy to lure them into the zone as a war pretext. The admiralty refuses the Empire's demand to return the defector, and orders Picard to find out if the threat is real. After technological means came to contradictory conclusions, Setol discloses his real identity, and that's not the last surprising twist... Written by
Did You Know?
Episode begins with Data rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare
's Henry V, while being watched by Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart
. In the play scene the part of Williams (being acted by a holodeck construct) is also played by Patrick Stewart under heavy makeup. It is notable that only Bates, the one other character in the scene, is credited at the end of the episode. See more
In Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Enemy
(1989), the Enterprise had a visual conversation with a Romulan ship that was over "6 hours away" from the Enterprise. But in the beginning of this episode Lt. Worf states that the scout ship is too far out of range for a visual conversation, even though within a few moments the ship is within visual range and even able to put their shields around it. See more
One world's butcher is another world's hero. Perhaps I am neither one.
References Henry V
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more